Wednesday, December 25, 2013


   On December 21st the weather changed. Rain fell and then the temperature dropped. All was covered in ice. The same thing happened again the next day and this caused our city some major grief with many power outages. Two large city hospitals were without power. By Monday the city traffic was in chaos. Subway trains were out. Street cars wee cancelled. No power was there for them to run. Street traffic lights were out. Driving was a challenge that needed much patience. And to make matters more difficult many stores could not open. Of course there were thousands of homes that had no power. It was a very tough pre Christmas situation.
   By Tuesday some repairs had been made but it became clear that in our city there would be homes without power on December 25! Imagine the old fashioned Christmas those families would be faced with if they could bear to stay in their unheated homes while the temperature had dropped to -14C during the night. Most would have had to find a warm shelter or friend and relatives to get through this. Some homes will not have their power back until Friday!
   Our area was not badly affected as it is newer and not many trees were large enough to fall on hydro wires to cause outages but we saw a lot of damage nearby.
   Our small trees looked rather pretty coated with ice, iced. 

We hope your festive time is going well and that you were not chilled by any bad weather. 
   We wish you all the very best at this special time of the year.

P.S. I wonder if my two roses will come back after such a nasty icy time.


Betsy Adams said...

Hi, Hope you all had a Merry Christmas --despite the weather. I read/heard about your ice storms up there--but hadn't heard whether it was in your area... Glad you all had power. What a hardship on people at Christmastime. Oh well--- we can't do much about Mother Nature --other than just get through it. Hope it's better up there now!

I'll bet those roses come back....

Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

we saw all this on the news today, North east her and Canada, 500,000 with no power. hope it melts soon, stay safe

Olga said...

That storm sure did cause some havoc across the north. I hope all is well and that Buddy had a great Christmas.

Laurie said...

that was a nasty storm but what beautiful photos it provided, so much devastation, so sad, have a wonderful holiday season, thank you so much for visiting me,

EG CameraGirl said...

All but 200 homes have electricity now. I can't imagine being without hydro for 10 days at this time of year. I wish you all the best in 2014!

Marie said...

I know I am terribly behind in my posting. I have to say, your photos are gorgeous. But facing Christmas week with no power had to be difficult, especially concerning the traditional dinner. I hope it encouraged many to plan earlier, do their shopping (or make their gifts) months ahead, and have a backup plan for dinner....just in case. But being without power had to give the time an aura of the past when things were in better perspective, and perhaps more Christmas-like. Sounds like a blessing in disguise, in a way.